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Comment: Re:Do NOT get a HP TX. (Score 2, Informative) 176

by odoitau (#29525723) Attached to: Best Tablet PC For Classroom Instruction?

I'll second that.

In the school district where I work, we bought some HP tx1000 tablets for the math department. After a few weeks, they refused to use them, and we had to replace them with Gateway TA-6 and TA-7s.

The biggest difference I found was that the tx1000 series laptops don't have the same touch screen as a tablet. The screen works similarly to a Palm touchscreen (the stylus is simply a piece of plastic, and you can interact with the touchscreen using your fingers.) However, I found the screen is highly inaccurate, and loses calibration faster than an old cheap joystick. After the screen broke and I had it replaced, the touchscreen won't even calibrate at all - it thinks it's a couple inches to the right or something.

Our math teachers use Gateway tablets and they're satisfied - the Gateways are more solid, the hinge is better, and the Wacom touchscreens are orders of magnitude better than the shoddy HP trash.

However, the silver lining is that the HP tablet is small and light - the screen is about the size of a US letter sheet of paper, and the machine is lighter than the Gateway tablets we have. Of course, that doesn't really mean anything if the touchscreen doesn't live up.

Oh yeah, and my experience with HP tech support... well, it left a lot to be desired. As in, I desired that I'd bought a Dell. Or had splinters driven under my fingernails.

So, I can't really tell you what to buy, but I can tell you what *not* to buy. Don't buy HP. The last decent product they made was the 48GX. Everything after that's been crap, IMHO.

Comment: It depends on what you attach the name to (Score 1) 1397

by odoitau (#26703669) Attached to: Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

Do you attach the name to the hardware, or the software?

I presume some people attach the name to the hardware, much like you'd name your car. In that case, it makes no sense to name the machine according to function, since that function will undoubtedly change over the lifetime of the machine.

Personally, I attach the name to the software, since I already use the serial number (or our own internal tracking number) to identify the hardware. Whenever I repurpose a machine, I always start over with a shiny new OS install, so the name can be changed easily. In this case, functional naming is probably more appropriate.

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